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Installing ESX 3.5 in VMware Fusion

While this actually requires no special settings, I figure it’s worth noting, if for nothing more than to state that in VMware Fusion 3, ESX 3.5 requires no additional settings to be operational. Basically it works as follows:

  1. Download the ESX ISO (vmware.com/download/vi)
  2. In VMware Fusion create a new virtual machine, choosing said ISO:
    VMware_Fusion-20100204-133826[1]
  3. The correct OS is installed automatically. The version may be ‘incorrect’ but it works just fine:
    New_Virtual_Machine_Assistant-20100204-134040[1] 
  4. And all installed:
    ProVMware_-_ESX3.5U4-20100204-134410[1]

Also of note: The splash screen seemingly does a lookup against the hostname you have configured to produce the IP address displayed.